Create Patient Comfort with Sheepskin and Organic Cotton
Posted in the Spinal Cord Injuries Forum
Since: Apr 10
#1 Jun 22, 2010
Comfort and prevention of pressure sores are of utmost important to maintaining good health for bedridden patients or those with restricted mobility. One of the best ways to provide the best in comfort is to provide the patient with an alternating pressure mattress that ensures regular movement and change of position to reduce stress on various body parts that might be susceptible to bedsores. In addition to these innovative mattresses, the bedding and other accessories you use can enhance their comfort level even further.
One of the almost luxurious items that a caregiver might consider for a bedridden patient is a set of organic cotton sheets. Organic cotton is extremely soft and chemical free which is a real plus for sensitive skin. Organic cotton, unlike synthetics and polyesters, is also more effective at absorbing moisture from the body which is a very important aid in preventing bedsores.
Other accessories which can also increase patient comfort are made from all natural sheepskin. In previous years, sheepskin was not used as extensively due to its inability to absorb enough moisture and be disinfected properly. Today, new developments in the product have solved these issues and sheepskin is being widely used in hospitals and rest homes everywhere.
Like organic cotton, wool sheepskin is hypoallergenic which means it too is very gentle on sensitive skin. In addition, the sheepskin also contains natural oils which also aid in good skin health. The soft, springy coils of wool create a cushion that conforms to the body part that it comes in contact with thus reducing friction. And, although to look at sheepskin, it appears as though it would make a person warm, the opposite is actually true. The density of the sheepskin allows air to circulate continuously between the fibers, and as a result, everything stays very cool. This natural temperature control means patients sweat less and as a result, the skin remains much drier. Sheepskin can actually absorb up to 33% of its original weight without feeling wet. Keeping the skin cool and dry is the first step in preventing the breakdown of skin tissue.
There are many products available in sheepskin that are used in the care of those who are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair, that provide relief and support for specific areas. For example, there are sheepskin boots and slippers to protect the heels, overlay that go on top of a mattress, and seat cushions and backs for placing in wheel chairs.
When purchasing sheepskin products for home care of a bedridden patient, be sure to keep and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for washing and drying the product. Sheepskin can shrink or get very matted if not washed properly. It is generally recommended that you use only a product designed specifically for cleaning medical sheepskin. Many of the best ones contain tea tree oil which is a natural disinfectant. Air drying is recommended for sheepskin as an electric dryer will be too hot and will shrink the fibers.
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Rachel Clarkson is a bed sores specialist and a big fan and promoter of “The Volkner Turning Mattress”: http://www.Volkner.com
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